Dostoevsky, elven sorceror, has flooded the Cloakwood Mines. The woods themselves were easy with the ring of free action worn at all times. He got a double wvyern ambush but walked to the edge without incident. I started to take things more slowly at the Mines. There's a definite step up in difficulty with could screw me over especially with my dim meta-game memory. Drasus and co. turned out to be a pushover with several webs deployed.
Dostoevsky tried to sneak through the 2nd level, freeing Rill and meeting Yeslick, but there's a single guard in the last room before the stairs down, and a magic missile attack actually caused a successful cry for help! Another guard walked in, and since Dostoevsky was unprepared, he retreated to the cell-block and executed one of the most powerful spells in the Baldur's Gate D&D engine: he shut the door.
With protections up, he opened the door, and there was Hareishan standing waiting for him...although only with two backup guards. Amazingly another black talon elite walked all the way round the back way through the secret tunnel entrance, but none of these hacks lasted long. With almost the whole level cleared, Dostoevsky gave thought to maybe clearing it all out. He was 20k XP away from his last level up, and he missed the experience of going through a dungeon and leveling up towards the end, and getting the kick of accomplishment and power.
So he cleaned out the L3 as well, excepting the ogre mage. He would have taken on the ogre, probably, except he almost lost his life fighting Natasha. I'd forgotten how high a level she was. My plan was to walk into the room and wand a fireball at her before she could finish casting her first spell. But I guess the combat round where Dostoevsky had cast his own mirror image hadn't quite ended when he made his entrance, because the fireball was delayed and Natasha got off her mirror image.
Then I saw how many images she created (7 or 8 I think), and I was a little spooked, because I didn't know what she might have up her sleeve at such a high level and Dostoevsky couldn't interrupt her spell-casting until he'd destroyed several images, which would take at least two rounds worth of magic missiles. So instead of incanting a spell his next round, he fired a bullet to kill the attendant hobgoblin elite, and stepped slowly back, waiting to see what would come and to give him the freedom to defend against it.
Immediately Natasha started casting what turned out to be confusion. Hastily Dostoevsky pulled the ESP amulet out of the gem bag and activated it, but it took too long, and he got confused. He still had 4 stoneskins and 4 mirror images, but Natasha had him at her mercy. She fired at least 2 Melf's Acid Arrows, which got underneath his skins, and something else I can't remember, then she hit him with Larloch's minor drain, and I started to breathe easier, because it meant she was almost out of spells. Dostoevsky regained mental control when he was down to 9 HPs, immediately going invisible while Natasha was casting the last spell she had memorized. He walked away, healed himself, reprepared, and killed her.
L4 was comparatively easy. The battle horrors were both blinded, both on the first attempt, as corey_russell suggested. Couldn't remember what Daveorn might have up, so drank a potion of magic blocking and used the wand of monster summoning twice, which ate up his spell book. He eventually summoned a dire wolf which faced off against my own wolves, but died soon after. And what do you know, killing him got Dostoevsky to L9, where he picked Knock, Haste, and Spider Summons. He then tested out his new arachnid allies on Ioan Gallchobhair and his buddies, with outstanding results. A failed save vs phase spider poison seems to hit forr 10 HPs / round.
Edited by cuttysark, 17 February 2014 - 08:08 AM.